Saturday, October 8, 2011
DEATH WAS EVIDENTLY DUE TO DROWNING - HE WAS DEAD WHEN I SAW HIM FIRST - Meyer Iglowitz
Meyer Iglowitz was the 20 year old son of Herman and Fannie Iglowitz of Chicago. Herman was a well known jeweler with a store on Roosevelt Road. On August 18, 1913 Meyer traveled to the Michigan side of Lake Michigan with his friends for a day of fun but unfortunately Meyer did not come back alive. Since the Iglowitz family were Orthodox Jews an autopsy was forbidden - plus they had to get Meyer's body back to Chicago for burial as soon as possible. Pressure was put on the coroner of Ganges Township, Michigan who finally gave up and wrote "Death was evidently due to drowning - He was dead when I saw him first." on Meyer's death certificate.
Meyer and his family were member of Anshe Knesses Israel synagogue ("The Russiche Shul") on Douglas Boulevard and actually lived right across the street, so Meyer's grave can be found in Waldheim Cemetery at Gate 25 - Anshe Knesses Israel #2. May he rest in peace.